Trump to campaign in Alabama against Jeff Sessions
President Donald Trump plans to campaign alongside Tommy Tuberville who is running against his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions. The rally will be held in Sessions’ hometown of Mobile, Alabama just days before the July runoff election.
Advisers to the president and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have urged Trump not to get involved in the Senate race but still, the president issued his endorsement of Tuberville in March. McConnell said there is a good chance Sessions will return to the Senate and his vote will be needed to pass the president’s agenda.
“3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda,” Trump tweeted.
Trump has called Sessions delusional for highlighting his ties to the administration in mailers to voters, despite his falling out over his recusal from the Russia investigation.
The rally is currently expected to be held in Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
Sessions responded to the news that Trump is holding the rally in Mobile for his primary opponent by telling the president his time would be far better spent in swing states he must win to be reelected.
“The people of Alabama will not be told who to vote for by anyone in Washington,” Sessions tweeted Monday morning. “That said, Alabama will vote solidly for @realDonaldTrump this fall, so his time would be far better spent in swing states he must win to be reelected.”
Before he gave up his seat to become Trump’s attorney general, Sessions was an Alabama senator for two decades. He recused himself three weeks after being sworn in. Trump fired him in 2018.
Sessions has tried to highlight areas where he and Trump agree during the campaign. He has, however, found it difficult to handle the president’s constant criticism. He recently pushed back saying the president was damn fortunate that he recused himself from overseeing the Russia probe.
“I know your anger, but recusal was required by law,” Sessions tweeted. “I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don’t dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do.”
Trump first backed Luther Strange in the Republican primary to replace Sessions in 2016. He went on to support the winner of the primary Roy Moore who lost to Democrat Doug Jones.
PHOTO: Evan Vucci / AP file
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